AmadeusAccuracy Of The Film Essay Research Paper

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Amadeus-Accuracy Of The Film Essay, Research Paper Amadeus The Accuracy of the Film The majority of the film Amadeus isn t focused on Amadeus at all. It is actually centered on the mediocracy of the lesser known composer Antonio Salieri. Even so, the film is full of inaccurate details, which fill the general public s knowledge of Mozart with inaccurate details, and numerous missed points. While confined to an insane asylum, Salieri tells his story. Because of his being sick , the audience subconsciously recognizes that not every detail is going to be exact, which allows the producers flexiblity in the accuracy of the events. In the film, Salieri makes a deal with God asking Him to make him a great composer. His whole life he is satisfied with his musical abilities, until

Mozart comes into the picture. As Mozart becomes more and more present in Vienna, (Salieri s dwelling) he becomes more and more frustrated with Amadeus God-given talents. This overwhelming jealousy eventually forces Salieri to the point of insanity. Although the film Amadeus, was convincingly well written, it supplies the viewer with inaccurate facts about Mozart and his life. In the film, Mozart is depicted as an insufficient carrier of God s grace. He is shown exhibiting vulgarity, boorishness, and childishness in public, which he never would have done. He was particularly fond of toilet humor , but only showed this side to his close family and friends, never to the aristocracy and certainly none of his musical rivals. (Amadeus-Biography) This quote justifies the fact that

Mozart did have his playful sides, but never would have shown them in public. It must not be forgotten that Mozart as a child had toured Europe, visiting and performing for some of the highest established rulers. All through his childhood he was pressed about his manners. It is unreasonable to think that all of his nurturing would suddenly be forgotten, and he would be transformed into a rude, inconsiderate, and primitive man. This was not even close to the real characteristics of the man. One of Mozart s traits in Amadeus is that Mozart was unfaithful to Constanze. There isn t any proof to support this account. Mozart was very devoted and faithful to his wife, and he even nursed her back to health during the period when she had an illness that almost brought her to her death.

The film made it appear that he neglected Constanze and cared only for his music, which is far from the truth. ( Amadeus-Biography) Salieri is shown helping Mozart finish Mozart s Requiem before he died. However, it was actually Mozart s pupil Sussmayr who helped him finish, and who finally completed the score. (Amadeus- Fact and Fiction, 2) In fact, nowhere in the movie is Sussmayr even mentioned; most likely because of the intense focus on Antonio Salieri. Another myth about Mozart is his death. There are many stories circulating about his death. However, because of this movie s emphasis on the idea that Salieri murdered him, it seems to be the most well known. There are several reasons why this false idea has lasted for so long: 1. Mozart s sudden and unexpected death 2. That

at the time of his death, no one knew what actually caused it 3. Mozart s belief that someone was poisoning him 4. The mysterious appearance of an anonymous man in grey commissioning Mozart for a Mass for the Dead 5. Salieri confessing to murdering Mozart It may seem clear that this is undoubtedly true if someone has confessed to it. However, when Salieri confessed to having killed Mozart, he was suffering from Altzeimer s Disease, and was also completely insane. (Amadeus, page 2) The chances that Salieri killed Mozart are incredibly slim, because they were hardly even acquaintances, so it would be very difficult for Salieri to poison him. Although the film Amadeus by Peter Shaffer and Milos Forman was convincingly well written, it is full of inaccuracies. A great improvement on